(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

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Hugh Clapperton, 1788-1827

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Hugh Clapperton came into the field of geographical work after a career in the British navy. He participated in a government-sponsored mission of scientific and geographical enquiry from Tripoli to explore the interior of northern Africa beyond the Sahara and to attempt to trace the course of the river Niger. In 1825, he was appointed to lead a diplomatic and commercial mission to the capitals of the central Sudan by way of the Guinea coast. He died in Sokoto but his reports proved useful to later explorers and still provide valuable information on pre-colonial Africa. - (HC)


Article of periodic

published at : Geographers. Biobibliographical studies / ISSN 0308-6992

Editor : Mansell, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 28 [pp. 147-165]



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